Agriculture And Rural Development

The agriculture and rural development sector is one of the priorities of the Afghan Government, supported by the major donors of the international community. The agriculture and food security interventions play a significant role in favour of the rural population and the poorest, who live mainly from subsistence agriculture.
An estimated 75 per cent of the Afghan population live in rural areas, where agriculture is the primary living and economic source. The agriculture sector contributes about half of the country’s GDP (excluding the opium economy), although only 12% of the country’s 65 million hectares of land is arable and only 40% of agricultural land is irrigated. Agriculture is therefore fundamental for the growth and development of the rural economy in Afghanistan as well as for its contribution to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (MDGs), set by the United Nations in 2015, to be achieved by 2030.
The AICS interventions for agriculture and rural development sector have the aim of improving food security, increasing agricultural productivity and marketing, rural employment and family incomes and well-being and they can be grouped into three main categories of intervention:
1) Subsistence Agriculture and Food Security; 2) Agro-food development and marketing; 3) Infrastructure.

Joint Development Cooperation Committee approves a 10 million Euros contribution to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF)

Joint Development Cooperation Committee approves a 10 million Euros contribution to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF)

On 19 May 2017 an Italian contribution of 10 million Euros to the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) was approved in Rome by the Joint Development Cooperation Committee. The Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund (ARTF) was established in 2002 to provide…